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Beware fake Adaptive ads on Craigslist

Recently, we’ve had a little burst of scammers copying our rental ads and using them to rip people off. I suppose on some level, this is flattering… they probably feel like the pics of our units will get people fired up enough to wire money to Nigeria or where-ever the hell the scammer live. But I’m

Dealing with tenant mental health issues

In light of the UCLA shootings, thought I’d spend some time today writing about an under-appreciated problem in property management: Dealing with tenants with mental health issues. If you supply rental housing in Los Angeles, your tenant base will skew towards people in their 20s and 30s. Unfortunately, the mid 20s is usually the time in

A management lesson I relearn every day

Here’s something I learned years ago about management of a growing organization but seem to keep learning over and over again: It’s mainly about the number of reasonably high quality decisions you can make each day. Why? Well, let’s take the sentence above apart. The “number“: If your organization is growing, it means that you are confronting new challenges

A minor epiphany about valuations for larger buildings

Just had a minor epiphany while walking over to the office from breakfast that I thought I’d share with you. It’s kind of embarrassing, in a “slap-myself-in-the-head-for-not-recognizing-this-earlier” kind of way, but I’m all about honesty on this blog, so here goes… Regular readers know I spend a lot of time thinking about the components of value.

How do you make money flipping land?

For today’s post, I answered another Quora question: How do you make money flipping land? It’s not a very detailed question, but it raises some interesting issues around price volatility, holdings costs, and regulatory delays. Click here to read the whole answer. Meanwhile: I’m taking the boys up to Yosemite for the holiday weekend. Hope

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